HUNTINGTON Rovers Reserves were knocked out of the North Riding County FA Challenge Cup after a bizarre quarter-final away at Helperby.

The York Minster Engineering League reserve 'A' division team scored six times yet ended up as the losers, going down 8-6 to the Hambleton-based division three outfit.

Rovers were 2-1 up and, after being pegged back to 3-3 at half-time, they again led 6-5, only for Helperby's young forwards to score three late goals in a crazy game.

Lee Bunce was a late arrival due to work commitments but entered as a sub for Huntington and ended with a hat-trick, with Ash Hill (2) and Jon James their other marksmen.

Meanwhile, Thorpe United gained the advantage in the race for the YMEL reserve 'A' crown, with a 3-0 success at title rivals Dunnington.

They now sit three points adrift of the leaders with two games in hand.

Old Malton St Mary's now sit in third position following an emphatic 11-0 success over Hemingbrough United.

James Sutton scored Wigginton Grasshoppers' goal as they drew 1-1 at Easingwold Town. Tom Knowles and Adam Falkingham bagged two goals apiece for Pocklington Town but they threw away 3-0 and 4-1 leads to draw 4-4 with Poppleton United.

There were goals galore in reserve 'B' as the four matches saw a total of 28 strikes - even though two sides failed to find the net.

Dringhouses secured their place at the summit after putting nine past Tadcaster Magnets without reply.

Reece Botterill (3), Joe Rawcliffe (2), Cameron Hall, Tom Hawksby, Myles Frodsham and Sam Beals netted for the St Helen's Road side.

F1 Racing eased their relegation fears with an identical scoreline against Stamford Bridge. Chris Dempsey collected a hat-trick on his return from injury, with Tyler Carlyle, Joe Iggulden, Frazer Shields, Ben Storey, Georgios Misailidis and George Trifan also netting.

James Gilbertson, Aaron Fishwick and Paul Holmes (2) guided Haxby Town to a 4-1 victory over Bishopthorpe. Tom Settle netted for Copmanthorpe but they suffered a 4-1 defeat at Tockwith.

Rufforth United kept their reserve 'C' title ambitions on track with a 3-0 win over Fulford.

Zach Hansen, Morgan Copley and Dan Atkinson bagged for the table-toppers.

Tom Williams (2), Tom Kite and Jamie Rutherford struck to give Sporting Knavesmire a 5-2 success over Wheldrake. George Pethullis and Ben Tunningley replied.

Bailey Corrance picked up a hat-trick for Heworth in a 6-3 home victory over Cliffe. Sam Smith, Dan Carre and Freddie Robinson also netted. Brooklyn gained a welcome three points, defeating Harrison Signs 7-1.